Vishwas Rao (Shahid Kapoor) is an aspiring actor, who wishes to make it big in Bollywood, much to the dismay of his mother (Padmini Kolhapure), who wants him to become a cop.When Vishwas is sent to Mumbai to appear for the police exams, he lands up at a photographer’s studio to get his portfolio clicked and ends up foiling a kidnap plot with the help of social worker Kajal (Ileana D’Cruz), while wearing a cop uniform meant for the portfolio.
Within days and after similar such incidents, he becomes famous as a super-cop, prompting his mother to come to Mumbai to visit her son. Now, the struggler has to pretend to be a cop for the sake of his proud mum, which leads to hilarious consequences.
Let’s get this straight! There’s nothing in PHATA POSTER NIKHLA HERO that you haven’t watched before. It has a standard theme, several clichés that you may have encountered in earlier films, but what works is the fact that the journey to the destination is full of amusement and entertainment. Although Santoshi has helmed comedies earlier, the humor in PHATA POSTER NIKHLA HERO is more unabashed, in your face, goofier and physical. The sole similarity between Santoshi’s earlier works and this one is that the wit and humor is just hard to disregard. You can’t help but break into a smile or guffaw at the most absurd, ludicrous situations, which is what the intent is.
PHATA POSTER NIKHLA HERO brings back memories of old-fashioned comic entertainers. There’s not much of a plot here, but you go with the flow without making much effort. You laugh, celebrate the silly gags and by the time the story reaches its conclusion, you realize that the film has won you over with its unfussy plot and basic characters, who don’t have a serious bone in their body. It’s a frothy comedy that would have gone astray and misplaced its luster had it been delegated to a lesser talent.
Santoshi has proved his versatility ever since he made his debut film. Though he tasted big success in varied genres, you can’t overlook the fact that films like ANDAZ APNA APNA and AJAB PREM KI GHAZAB KAHANI not only won hearts and brought smiles on our faces, but also have tremendous recall value to this date. PHATA POSTER NIKHLA HERO too abounds in clean, inane humor that will have you rolling with laughter. One of the prime reasons why PHATA POSTER NIKHLA HERO also works is the superlative performance by Shahid Kapoor, who goes all massy with this one. More on that later…
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